The Gritty Girls podcast is a place where you can come to process the issues and topics your girlfriends, family or co-workers may or may not be discussing. We discuss topics most moms aren’t bringing up on playdates and are too personal, or too taboo to bring up at the office. So if you’re bored with small talk and are ready to dive deeper, then this is the place for you!
E024: Homeschool 2020: Learning in a Pandemic
There’s been nothing normal about 2020, education included. We’re in the middle of the Fall season and while many children are back in the classroom, there are more children than ever learning at home. Many have parents have chosen to have their children take part in their school’s distance learning program, however, there have been large numbers of families that have decided to go rogue and give homeschooling a try. Homeschooling was once thought of as something that only ultra-religious do, but as of 2018 there were as many as 1.69 million homeschoolers in the US. And believe it or not, that group is actually quite diverse. Now that we’ve entered the ‘Twilight Zone’ that is 2020, those numbers are even higher. In previous episodes we have casually mentioned homeschooling, but today we opened up and talked about our reasons for homeschooling, our experience as homeschoolers, and the pros and cons of homeschooling. If you’re curious or if you currently have a kid at home and are considering homeschooling yourself, then join us! We hope to clear some misconceptions about homeschooling and offer encouragement, support, and helpful information that will help you get started.
E023: Dare To Let Your Child Lead
Do you dare to let your child lead? Set the trajectory of their own education. Set their schedule for the day. Determine when and how they'll do their chores and even what they eat. The idea of child-led education and parenting is being explored more widely as an increasing number of Americans are homeschooling and that is more true today as families choose to keep their children home during the Covid-19 pandemic. To explore these ideas, Christina is joined by two other parents who have also wrestled with their own beliefs around parenting and education, society's standards, and communities that challenge us to be bolder in order to raise self-sufficient and resilient children.
E022: How To Be An Ally
Not only has 2020 brought about a pandemic, but this year has also brought awareness to the systemic racism that still exists in America. Many of us have been watching the Black Lives Matter protests from home and wondering what we can do to become an ally to black people in America during this tumultuous time. Both of us (Christina and Leslie) have been feeling this, so we set out to find out what we can do to support people of color. We found some really great actionable steps that average folks like us can take and we're excited to share them with you! In this episode we list 5 simple things that you can do, starting today! This unedited episode may very well be one of the most important episodes we've ever done.
E021: COVID-19 Special Episode: Up Close & Personal
How has the virus impacted you personally? By now, many of us know someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or have a friend or loved one who is working tirelessly as a healthcare worker. Some of us have lost jobs and others have lost loved ones. Tune in as Christina shares what it’s like being married to an ICU doctor during a pandemic and talks about their decision to live apart in order to protect her family from potential infection. Join us as we get up close and personal in this next special, unedited conversation. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, & Stitcher. Disclaimer: All opinions expressed on the Gritty Girls Podcast are strictly our own and should not take the place of medical advice from your doctor or health professional.
E020: COVID-19 Special Episode: How Are You?
How are you? During a pandemic, those three little words can become quite a loaded question. A complicated situation brings about complicated emotions for each one of us. Even though we are in this together, we’re not all in the same boat. Some have it better or worse than others, yet all of us are feeling the mental and emotional effects, in one capacity or another, from the virus that looms just outside our doors. The mental health effects from this pandemic are very real and are being felt in every corner of the globe. Join Christina and Leslie for another special, unedited COVID-19 episode as they attempt to answer the question, how are you? Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, & Stitcher. Disclaimer: All opinions expressed on the Gritty Girls Podcast are strictly our own and should not take the place of medical advice from your doctor or health professional.
E019: COVID-19 Special Episode: To Mask Or Not To Mask
Join Christina and Leslie as they meet virtually to record this special, unedited series on COVID-19. We’ll be highlighting the many ways this pandemic affects each and every one of us. We hope our conversations will bring value to you as we all pull together to do our part to help flatten the curve. In this episode, we discuss universal masks. Should we all wear a mask when we have to get out? Will it protect me? Does it protect others? What does the evidence say? Disclaimer: All opinions expressed on the Gritty Girls Podcast are strictly our own and should not take the place of medical advice from your doctor or health professional.
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This Is What You Should Listen to in the Car or on the Subway!
I have taken to listening to these podcasts while I’m on longer drives. They give me me something to look forward to. Listening to Christina and Leslie is like eavesdropping on your best friends’ conversation. They are honest, smart, warm, perhaps a little outrageous, and funny.
Some of the episodes I thought would be fun and offer lighter fare (e.g. “I’m a Princess, Too!”) were actually poignant as well. “Too PC or Not Too PC?” struck a balanced tone - presenting several angles from which to view the argument - while still clarifying the creators’ stance. I found “Snapped!” especially helpful in providing education and commiseration around being an overloaded mom. “Unfriend” approaches the break up of a friendship in a very honest, thoughtful manner; exploring both the emotions and actions to take after the fact.
I definitely look forward to listening to more!
Come sit by the fire pit
Picture yourself in the backyard, hanging with your married adult friends, with the last sunlight gone, the fire pit is going, the barbecue was great, the drinks are flowing, laughter is contagious, the kids... well, they are off tucked in the house watching videos well out of earshot. Everything is like “yeah.” The talk ... it’s lively. As Bono says, the stuff of country songs... well maybe not quite, though they could be very interesting songs if written. The conversation steers from serious topical issues, to personal, to ribald, to intimate, to sexual, and emotional issues. The things you feel safe to talk about with good friends.
That is kind of conversation Christina and Leslie have created with this podcast. Conversations that deal with what we feel free to talk about usually after a few tongue loosen’ers. The adult personal “what about that.” Subjects that you only share with your close friends. Throw in a few guest experts, and you have a lively conversation on intimate and real issues for adults. Like the fire pit, there is laughter galore and seriousness all with new things to learn on hot topics.
It is also a podcast that your voice can join, through their “What do you think.” They have made it easy through their website to add your own thoughts on upcoming subject matters. You can see the subjects and record your thoughts. Thankfully for all of us, they only used 10 seconds of one of my rambles. But, it was fun to do and add my view. I enjoy hearing other listeners thoughts.
It maybe called “Gritty Girls,” but the conversation is for both sexes. For us Guys, it is a chance to hear what the Girls are saying and talking about. It gives you the opportunity to “break the ice” with your gal and start talking about things you might not have felt comfortable to talk with her about before in a personal way.
Like any new conversation group (podcast), give it a few episodes. At first, you may feel like the odd one off in dark; but, once you get the rhythm, you will be soon up by the fire pit sharing your views openly with everyone else. Enjoy!
Relatable and Timely
What I love about this podcast is that they cover topics that I can relate to and they talk about them in a way that isn't controversial or extreme. It's thoughtful, timely and funny (listen til the end for the funny bloopers - love those!). Leslie and Christina are like your best girls, talking about all the things you only talk about with them. And they do their homework, so it's not just a bunch of ranting and raving and fluff. It's real stories about real people. It's well-produced, thorough and leaves you looking forward to the next episode.